New to Jira? Server or Cloud Decision Made Easy


Are you a part of a team that is looking to maximize time and cost-saving efforts toward your current platform, but not sure which route is best to take?

We find that, between the benefits of moving to the server versus moving to the cloud, cloud tends to take the cake. As a complete SaaS model, migrating to the cloud increases efficiency by striking out manufacturing costs and database upgrades and improves productivity by providing a large enough space for all your productivity needs, database servers, and internal updates without interruptions.

Thinking about launching into this next move for your team?

Click on the video above to hear how Ana Galofre and Michael Abdelnour explain the advantages of Cloud vs. Server. Or skim through the transcription below.

Video Transcription 

Ana (00:00):

Hey, Mike.

Michael (00:01):

Hey, Ana. How are you?

Ana (00:03):

I'm excellent. I have a question for you. Do you have a minute?

Michael (00:08):

Always, Ana. Always.

Ana (00:09):

All right. So I have some clients and they are thankfully looking at moving to Atlassian Jira, to the platform, and I need a little bit of help explaining to them the difference between why they should move to server or why they should move to cloud.

Michael (00:29):

Yeah. I think that's one of the more popular questions that I get for folks that aren't already on the Jira ecosystem, right? Which one do I go? Do I go server or cloud? And I can tell you, pretty confidently, in 2020, where we are today, the answer is most of the time, it is very much cloud.

Ana (00:53):


Michael (00:54):

Cloud is a fully SaaS platform. It is clear that that's the direction that Atlassian is emphasizing. So the ecosystem is there now, as opposed to a couple of years ago, the marketplace, all the things I think we've talked about in the past. And it's actually flipped from a couple of years ago. Today, I would say almost anybody that we're talking to, we are recommending cloud first. Unless we can find a specific reason why cloud wouldn't work for them.

Ana (01:26):

So why? Is it that folks don't want to deal with the hosting anymore, they don't want to deal with the upgrades? What's the big drive?

Michael (01:36):

That's probably the biggest reason that we start with this, right? So cloud, you have no infrastructure costs, you have no maintenance costs, you have no database support or database upgrades or application upgrades. It is a pure SaaS model. So it's really great. Yeah. It's really great for-

Ana (01:57):

Servers that they're maintaining right now, that all goes away. That's why.

Michael (02:01):

All the clients that you have. Or how many servers would you say your clients typically have? Actual operating system level servers.

Ana (02:09):

Minimum eight that they have to maintain, and that's not even worrying about the upgrades for the application, but we have test environments and prod environments and database servers and the whole shebang.

Michael (02:20):

Yeah. So you got to have the people, you got to have the resources to manage all of those. You have to have the people to manage those resources. You have to go through all those upgrades and tasks, and it's a lot of cycles. It really is.

Ana (02:33):

You got to remember to get your security certificates renewed every...

Michael (02:39):

Yeah. Yep. You do. And really, the great thing about the cloud platform today is it is great for teams as small as one or two people, and it is great for teams as big as 10,000. I mean, really, that's a huge margin in there.

Ana (02:57):

Has that always been the case? I always thought it was for smaller teams.

Michael (03:00):

Yeah. A couple of years ago, they extended it to 5,000. And this last year, they extended that to 10,000. So now, and I would imagine that that number is going to continue to grow. So even the 10,000 limit today will probably not be the ceiling in a year or two from now.

Ana (03:20):

Okay, great. Well, I will have them give you a ring to talk about getting the licenses set up for...

Michael (03:28):

For cloud.

Ana (03:29):

For cloud. [crosstalk 00:03:30] Sounds good.

Michael (03:30):


Ana (03:31):

Awesome. Thanks for your time, Mike.

Michael (03:33):

No problem. Thanks, Ana.

Ana (03:34):

Talk to you later.

Michael (03:35):



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